URGENT: is this seam normal?

calizzyMarch 7, 2014

Is this mitered seam normal? I thought that the seam would be less noticible. It is the front overhang of the countertop. So, what would be the bullnose. It doesn't look too bad in the picture. I just thought the 2 pieces would be more flush.

This post was edited by calizzy on Fri, Mar 7, 14 at 17:10

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twosit

Is that a countertop seam? It looks like it is a different color? Go with your gut

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 4:47PM
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Errant_gw

I can't really tell what we're looking at. Is that a counter to backsplash seam?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 4:56PM
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calizzy

thanks for the quick replies! It is the front edge. So, what would be the bullnose. It just has a wider gap that I was expecting. It doesn't look too bad in the picture, I guess. There are other spots in the countertop that are perfect, you can't see the seam edge at all.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 5:09PM
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Errant_gw

OK, I see what we're looking at now. Yeah, that gap seems a little wide, but I'm no expert. I did mitered edges on mine, as well. I'll have to take a closer look when I get home, but I don't believe I was able to see any sort of gap.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 5:15PM
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sjhockeyfan325

I really can't tell what the picture is showing, but I have mitered edges (Ceasarstone not granite) and the seam is invisible Is that the question?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 5:51PM
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snookums2

It's very close up but it doesn't look very neat. You say other areas look fine. Doesn't look like a bullnose edge either. It looks squared, maybe an eased edge. You were expecting a rounded edge? What does the order say?

Hold final payment until you work this out. Hope this is a credit card transaction.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 5:56PM
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jellytoast

I think that is the question, sjhockeyfan, and I think you have the correct answer ... the seam should be pretty much invisible.

Calizzy, a recent thread dealt with the same issue. Maybe you can get some insight there ...

Here is a link that might be useful: Help! My perfectionist tendencies are getting the best of me.

This post was edited by jellytoast on Fri, Mar 7, 14 at 18:03

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 6:00PM
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Trebruchet

The industry standard for seams is "inconspicuous" not "invisible". That's not the greatest picture, but from what I can see it certainly meets industry standards.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 7:56PM
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jellytoast

invisible, inconspicuous ... you know what I meant.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 8:27PM
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snookums2

It looks rather jagged and open. If it were inconspicuous, she wouldn't be noticing it or comparing it to other areas of the seam.

Does it feel rough? Are there many other areas like this? Did you ask them about it yet?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 9:04PM
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jellytoast

" ... If it were inconspicuous, she wouldn't be noticing it ... "

True that.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 12:28AM
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Trebruchet

A spot on your shirt can be made invisible. Joining solid surface, estone, stone, or plastic laminate cannot.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 9:01AM
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jellytoast

You don't need to continue to school me. I know the difference between inconspicuous and invisible. The seam on my granite is so inconspicuous that it's darn near invisible.

This post was edited by jellytoast on Sat, Mar 8, 14 at 9:44

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 9:33AM
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Trebruchet

jellytoast:

Of course you don't need schooling, but it's critical that fabricators set realistic expectations for customers.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 8:49PM
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jellytoast

Okay, I hear 'ya, but consider this ... I honestly think it is the customers who set the expectations for each other. When we see that other people have near perfect seams, edges, etc., we want them, too. And when someone posts and says, "Is this normal?" we base our answers on what we have or what we've seen. We all want our workmanship to compare favorably to others.

The OP said, "I thought the seam would be less noticeable," so they obviously had an expectation that wasn't met. What is a realistic expectation? If some fabricators can make their edge seams very inconspicuous, why can't they all? Shouldn't it be the customers who set the expectations for fabricators? And I'm not talking about lowering our expectations either. It's not exactly an unrealistic expectation if other fabricators can do it.

Here is a link that might be useful: What a good edge looks like

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 9:53PM
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Trebruchet

jellytoast:

As a person who's made jillions of seams, I can tell you it's more art than science. Sometimes you just never know what you're going to get.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 10:05AM
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jellytoast

" ... seams ...it's more art than science. Sometimes you just never know what you're going to get."

Do mean we as customers never know what we're going to get, or the person doing the fabricating never knows what result they're going to get? Either way, that's kind of scary!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 10:21AM
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snookums2

A lot of the time it's sales & marketing who sets the high or unrealistic expectations. High prices do too.

Can you take a clearer picture? Are there multiple locations?

Part of the area looks a bit crushed.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 10:45AM
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